Clinton lays claim to Democratic Party nomination

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is greeted by supporters Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and with it, a piece of history Tuesday night, as she became the first woman to lead a major party’s bid for the White House.

Speaking in Brooklyn, New York, on a night where she won the New Jersey primary, Clinton told supporters that they were witnessing a historical moment.

“Thanks to you we’ve reached a milestone. First time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” she said, adding that the victory “belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”

Bernie Sanders, her lead competitor, had maintained he would not drop out until the party’s convention.

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